Maryland Latinos Unidos
The 2020 Census demonstrated how community representation has not kept up with the rapid growth of Latinos nationwide, particularly here in the State of Maryland where we lag in every area of representation. It could be said that Latinos are almost invisible.
September is an important month for Maryland Latinos Unidos (MLU). It marks many important milestones: the beginning of the fall season, Hispanic Heritage Month, and for MLU specifically, our one-year anniversary.
The Center of Help has been giving back to the Latinx community in Annapolis since 1999. Their services have given Latinos the opportunity to get educated on learning, citizenship, and life post-education. The Center of Help’s efforts to give back to the Latinx community has been key to getting Latinos vaccinated during these dire times.
CASA is an organization that stretches over the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. CASA is filled with individuals who are dedicated to creating and expanding opportunities/resources for the Latinx community. Their efforts have been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic in helping Latinos get vaccinated.
Dr. Kathleen Page is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Page’s contribution to the Latino community has been insurmountable. Dr. Page leads the School of Medicine Taskforce on promoting research on equity and inclusion so those who are not proficient in English. Her partnership with MALVEC is a major necessity to helping accomplish our mission.
Laura Gutierrez is the Hispanic Community Services Specialist in the Office of the Mayor in Annapolis, Maryland. Mrs. Gutierrez’ work in Annapolis and the creation of Cuidate has helped reduced the number of COVID-19 cases. Her efforts are key to the overall mission of MALVEC to get the overall Latino population vaccinated.